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Parks & Recreation Business Institute
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Over 235 people attended the new WRPA Business institute(formerly the Mid Year Conference & Trade Show) yesterday at the Tukwila Community Center. The new format is receiving rave reviews! Thank you to all who attended and who supported the new and improved WRPA event. Check our website next week for postings of our presenter materials. Visit our Facebook page to view and post photos.
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WRPA Featured Trainings


Certified Playground Safety Inspector
WRPA
Nov 13-15, Bellevue: $510 member/ $540 nonmember | Register
This course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered anywhere. Advanced reading and fifteen hours of training from nationally known playground safety experts will prepare participants to "sit" for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination offered at the culmination of the certification course.

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Pruning for Parks Professionals
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Dec. 5, Bellevue: $25 member/$35 nonmember | Register
Alan Haywood from Issaquah will again be providing his excellent knowledge about pruning and has pared his previous two-day session down to one day. Please see attached flyer and sign up ASAP.

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WRPA Advocacy News


The Big Tent Coalition
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The Coalition meets Friday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at REI Headquarters in Kent to discuss the Second Annual Legislative Day, the Governor's Results Washington Plan and more. The Big Tent Outdoor Coalition is an umbrella organization formed to highlight the importance of our state's outdoor recreation sector to enhancing Washington's economy and its reputation for healthy and active living. Contact Doug Levy to join the coalition distribution list.
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Legislative matters
WRPA
The WRPA Legislative Committee met on Oct. 11 to discuss priorities for the 2014 session. The WRPA Executive Board will be reviewing for approval at the Nov. 1 meeting. Save the dates — Jan. 22, People, Parks and Politics training in preparation for our Jan. 23, WRPA Legislative Day on the Hill.
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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings


WRPA Strategic Plan — Next steps
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The WRPA membership approved new governance and bylaws so now we begin the transition to a smaller board. Visit the WRPA strategic plan Web page for updated maps, charts, bylaws and more. Please contact Jessi Bon, WRPA president, with your questions.
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Job advertising is free for all WRPA agency members
$50 per posting for nonagency members. These job opportunities were recently posted at the WRPA Career Center:
  • Urban Forester, Lewiston
  • Lifeguard, Swim Instructor, Fleet & Family Readiness Program
View the WRPA Career Center.



This Just In


Marysville's spray park plans unveiled
North County Outlook
Parks and Recreation Director Jim Ballew unveiled plans for a new spray park that would be located in Comeford Park and could be completed next year. Spray parks (sometimes called splash pads or splash parks) are play areas where water is sprayed from ground jets and then drained before it can accumulate. Because of the lack of standing water, spray parks generally require less maintenance and are safer than pools.
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Washington State Parks staff member receives national boating safety award
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
Jim French, a longtime employee of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission's Boating Program, has received national honors from the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. French received the NASBLA Lifetime Achievement Award for his long-standing devotion to recreational boating safety and his work in supporting the national organization. The award was presented recently at the NASBLA national conference in Boise, Idaho.
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Creating a welcome mat for Westlake Park
The Seattle Times
Talk about problems downtown, and Westlake Park will often come to mind. It's right in the middle of downtown, near transit hubs, the convention center and tourist draws like Pike Place Market. And the park is not inviting. At least not inviting to everyone. It is quite appealing to a mix of regular users who spend long hours there.
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Wapato officials consider creating park district to fund activities
Yakima Herald
Like many small towns, Wapato has watched expenses outpace revenue over the past several years and has made deep cuts along the way just to stay afloat. Outside organizations offering to run the city's community center and lead recreation activities have come and gone. Currently, the local nonprofit Wapato Youth League has the helm of parks and recreation, and raises its funds through donations and league fees. Now, the City Council is exploring the idea of forming a park district that has the potential to create a long-term revenue stream to support youth activities.
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Walla Walla community moves to restore public pool
The Whitman Pioneer
Despite the fact that temperatures in Walla Walla are known to spike above 100 degrees Fahrenheit each summer, the community has no access to a public pool facility, which could provide escape from the sweltering heat. With the exception of Jefferson Park Pool, a shallow pool open only to those 10 years old and younger, Walla Walla has been without a publicly accessible aquatic facility since the closure of Memorial Pool in 2006. Rebuild Memorial Pool, a committee of concerned citizens, is working to remodel and reopen Memorial Pool in order to provide a public pool for Walla Walla.
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WRPA Event Calendar


DateEventSponsorLocation
Oct. 24Software SymposiumWRPATukwila
Oct. 24Irrigation Repairs & Tree SafetyWRPATukwila
Nov. 1WRPA Executive Board MeetingWRPAMercer Island
Nov. 13Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue
Nov. 15King County Director's Group MeetingWRPATukwila Community Center
Dec. 5Pruning for Parks ProfessionalsWRPABellevue
Jan. 14*Risk Management SchoolWRPABellevue
Jan. 22People, Parks & PoliticsWRPAOlympia
Jan. 23WRPA Legislative Day on the HillWRPAOlympia
Feb. 23PNW Resource Management SchoolINPRAPort Townsend
Mar. 7WRPA Executive Board MeetingWRPANorth Bend
April 8*WASLA and WRPA
Joint Conference & Trade Show
Seattle

*WRPA core training opportunities

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